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Track & Field: Sequim boys second, girls seventh at Olympic League meet
Sequim High’s track team slugged it out with the best of the Olympic League on Saturday, with SHS’s boys taking second place behind Olympic and the Wolves’ girls taking seventh place in a field of nine teams.
CJ Daniels, Mikey Cobb and the rest of Sequim’s distance crew highlighted a strong meet for Sequim’s boys. Daniels swept first in the 800- and 1,600-meter races while Cobb, Brendon Despain and Peter Ohnstad went 1-2-4 in the 3,200-meter race. Cobb also placed third in the 1,600.
Josh Cibene matched his personal best for the season with 12-foot mark in the pole vault while teammate Alex Barry threw 161 feet, 11 inches to win the javelin.
Oscar Herrera placed second in both hurdles races behind Kingston speedster Garrett Rouser.
Daniels and Despain joined Jason Springer and Stoddard to take third in the 4x400 relay, while Jackson Oliver placed third in the high jump (5-10).
Dylan Chatters set a personal best in the 400 with a 51.68-second finish, good for fourth place, and another PR in the discus (113-1), good for sixth. Freshman Brendan Lauritzen set a personal best in the shot put (40-2.25), good for fifth, while Austin Sampson was fifth in the discus.
On the girls’ side, the Wolves earned one first-place finish, with Gretchen Happe, Hannah Hudson, Waverly Shreffler and Mercedes Woods winning the 4x400 relay in 4:16.61.
Shreffler added a second-place finish in the 400 meters, just a quarter-second off her personal best.
Emily Van Dyken topped nine feet in the pole vault for second place. Mattie Clark was fourth in the 100-meter hurdles and Cheryl Armstrong was fourth in the discus.
SHS senior Sarah Hutchison, a top league competitor in the hurdles and pole vault, was held out as she recovers from a sprained ankle she suffered May 1.
League meet overview
Olympic League athletes broke three meet records: Olympic’s Keshun McGee in the boys long jump (22-4), Olympic’s Jaleel Elmore in the boys 400-meter dash (48.91) and the Bremerton girls’ 4x200 relay team (1:46.70).
Hannah Snyder of North Kitsap was named Female Field Event Athlete of the Meet, winning the long jump, placing second in the triple jump and helping the Vikings’ 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams take second in both events. Jolene Millsap of Port Angeles and Annie Roberts of Kingston shared Female Running Athletes of the Meet; Millsap won the 100- and 200-meter sprints while Roberts won the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs.
McGee was named the Male Field Event Athlete of the Meet. Besides his record-setting long jump, he won the triple jump and was fifth in the 100 meters. Kingston’s Rouser and Zachary Smith of Olympic were named Male Running Athletes of the Meet. Rouser won both hurdles events, placed second in the 400 meters and was anchored the Bucs’ winning 4x400 relay team. Smith won both 100- and 200-meter races and was part of the Trojans’ top 4x100 relay squad.
Port Townsend High School took home the Sportsmanship award.
North Kitsap’s Christi Frank was named Coach of the Year for the girls’ division while Sequim’s Brad Moore and Olympic’s Greg Chapman shared Coach of the Year honors for the boys’ side.
Olympic League meet — May 10, Poulsbo
1. Olympic 165
2. Sequim 127
3. North Kitsap 86
4. Bremerton 75
5. Kingston 68
6. Klahowya 52
7. Port Angeles 43
8. North Mason 29
9. Port Townsend 18
1. North Kitsap 209
2. Port Angeles 93.5
3. Olympic 84
4. Kingston 73
5. Bremerton 71
6. Port Townsend 56.5
7. Sequim 56
8. North Mason 40
9. Klahowya 14